...your own business Ben?
Why not just promote your business instead of making up a testimonial/referral?
He seems to have joined up today & already brought up 4 ancient threads just to push his shop.
Looks like he's now deleted all his posts.
And just seconds ago, the two posts under his new name 'Mike' were deleted too.
I think it was the site admins getting rid of him, even the new user notifications are gone from the feed on the front page.
Not the best way to present a new business - by clearly pretending to be someone you're not and comparing your own service against an established store... Anyhoo.
Probably best to remove the link Gemma, I don't think he deserves any publicity...that's just my thoughts anyway.
I am happy to leave dodginess there for the sake of transparency!
All publicity is not 'good publicity'
Y'know, 60 - 80 years ago, 99% of the maintenance and repair tasks that were done on bikes were done in the back yard - usually by kids. Everyone - male and female, young and old - knew what was required in fixing bearings, tightening things up, lubrication, cleaning, replacing etc etc. Now I know things can get a bit more complicated fast on a modern bike but they ain't that different. I think the advice here about learning to do for yourself is really(!) important. Yes - get the shop to do it when a specialised task is involved - wheel building or frame repairs or if you maybe have to rebuild something like an ergo shifter. But if it's just cables, tyres, bearings or day-to-day adjustment you're missing out on the fun and benefits of what it's all about if you don't have a go yourself. Bikes and bicycle use are all part of something bigger and more important - IMHO it's what Active Transport's all about. Sam.
Copy that Sam!
Was amused the other day when I went into a bike shop, went to buy a couple of spokes and the shop person said we can't do it right away - my response was I just want the spokes, it's a pretty easy job. His jaw didn't exactly drop but almost ;-)
Sam - it's about how you value your time and what you find fun, isn't it?!
I just paid $27 at lunchtime to have a hem taken down on some trousers (my legs are too long ;) - yes I could do it myself, but it's no fun, I'd prefer to be changing cables on my bike! ;)
People shouldn't feel like they have to be able to undertake major things on their bikes themselves, any more than people changing the oil in their lawnmowers themselves. I don't know anyone who finds changing bicycle tyres 'fun' - it's a chore and something that some people would prefer to get someone else to do. Just like taking hems down.
Oh, I don't know - basic competency in bicycle repair is not a bad thing.
The bicycle is as close to a perfect machine as we have and yet it is very simple. None of the moving parts are beyond the comprehension of a normal person. Any competent person can easily lace up a none too shabby wheel.
Don't get me wrong, I wholeheartedly agree that paying someone to do unpleasant tasks is the sensible option, the problem is that many don't even seem to have the basic mechanical knowledge necessary to service a bicycle, and that is a huge gap in their knowledge.
I met a senior lady who relied on bicycle transport and rode extensively in the Adelaide Metropolitan Area. She did not know how to fix a puncture but when necessary, she caught a taxi home. She had worked out what suited her, and did not let mechanical things get in the way of her riding.
Gemma says: "People shouldn't feel like they have to be able to undertake major things on their bikes themselves, any more than people changing the oil in their lawnmowers themselves."
Well - yes, of course. I wasn't trying to be (too) didactic I hope. More just positing a mildly philosophical point - something about the virtues of personal independence and resilience. The more the better in my book - you never know when you need to draw on such resources!
Then she said: "I don't know anyone who finds changing bicycle tyres 'fun' - it's a chore and something that some people would prefer to get someone else to do. Just like taking hems down."
Whawhawha (to the sound of apoplectic, red-faced spluttering) - bbbut you know me Gemma! I live for tyre repairs - just love 'em. Favourite activity, morning, noon and night. That and pumping them up! Especially Schwalbe Marathons on them tight rims ('ooohaaah').
I do draw the line at hemming my own pants too but I do know how to do it (thanks to my Grade 4 domestic science classes). It's the 'knowing' bit I'm talking about I guess...
But it's alright - I've taken my anti-irony tablets now, I'll go quietly...